Last year almost to the day, my best friends and I threw a Christmas cookie and hot chocolate party while I housesat my aunty’s house on Christmas lane (read about it here!). Parker made his special Cosmopolitans (my favorite drink), we baked and decorated sugar cookies, ate Mexican food at Chile Relleno in Temple Valley, and made coconut hot chocolate. Although I’m not housesitting this year and Parker is in Washington, we made do with what we had and celebrated our second annual party in Kaiʻolu’s yard! The real star of the Christmas party is the sugar cookies, so instead of baking them altogether before frosting and decorating like we did last year, we baked them in batches separately on Friday night. Brandon and I made a batch and Kaiʻolu made hers so we could just focus on eating and decorating and watching the movie. In case you’re interested, here’s the recipe we used for both years (I think they came out better this second annual time!):
- 1 cup butter (softened, not melted like Kaiʻolu made it)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Frosting and sprinkles of choice
- Cream butter and sugar together with either a mixer or a spatula and add eggs and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt, and combine.
- Keep dough in a covered bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Once dough is hardened, roll into small sections 1/4″ diameter thick.
- Cut out into shapes with cookie cutters.
- Bake cookies in oven for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden around edges.
- Let cookies cool on a rack until completely cooled.
- Frost and add sprinkles to your taste.
We ate our Mexican food first (I had carnitas obviously) with kettle corn on the side and started decorating when we were finished. The frosting we made out of powdered sugar, milk, and corn syrup didn’t turn out as thick as we wanted, so we mostly used the premade cake frosting purchased from the store (shown above in Brandon’s anatomy cookies). After we were pau with our cookies, we watched Elf on Kaiʻolu’s screen projector, drank hot chocolate, and ate more popcorn! We missed Parker, but this year’s second annual celebration was a hit!